The YouTube app is becoming even more fun, apart from the videos
YouTube, for the sheer amount and variety of content you can get for free, is hard to match. What makes it even more interesting are features such as Offline mode (which allow users to download videos for offline access on their smartphones) and YouTube Live (which allows influencers to carry out live broadcasts to reach a large number of people at one go). YouTube has now added several new features in its Android and iOS apps, and these add a new dimension to the proverbial YouTube experience.
Sharing YouTube links on WhatsApp or Facebook messenger is common among smartphone users. To make users stay longer on YouTube, Google has added a messenger page in it, which allows them to chat with their Google contacts without leaving the app. User can access the messenger in the shared section of the app on the homepage. Inside the section, one can see contacts and added contacts. To chat with a contact, a user has to send a request first which has to be accepted by the contact. User can also create groups by adding more participants to an ongoing chat.
Google has added a hidden Dark mode in the YouTube app which puts a dark tint on the screen to minimise stress on eyes. Surprisingly, there is no dedicated button in the app settings, like the dark mode in Twitter or News & Weather, to enable it. YouTube’s Dark Mode can be enabled through simple gestures during video playback. To activate, open a video, enter landscape mode and double tap on the blank space above the play/pause button. To remove the dark mode, double tap on the same spot on the video again.
YouTube already offers a separate section of news in the Trending page of the app. Now, it is reportedly adding a section for breaking news, to provide updates on recent news stories. Videos in the breaking news section will show in a horizontal scroll on the home page by default. The feature is believed to be rolling out in phases and is currently available on few Android devices only.
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